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This 4 week old kitten had no problem climbing thats for sure

Exif Info:

Camera Maker: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D5100
F-Stop: 1/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/4000 sec
ISO Speed: ISO-1600
Exposure bias: 0 step
Focal Length: 135mm
Max-aperture: 4.2
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Exposure program: Aperture Priority
White balance: Auto

Colour was adjusted slightly in Photoshop, as it was such a sunny day, the white wall in the background had washed out a lot of the colour in the picture, and a lot of the wall was cropped out.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 May 2013 - 9:53 AM
Focal Length:135mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.3
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/4000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Kitten on a Post
Username:psbailey31 psbailey31
Uploaded:8 Jun 2013 - 1:07 PM
Tags:Kitten, Pets / captive animals
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 5LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom95 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2013 - 2:11 PM

This one has the 'Aaaaaaaah' factor in spades.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9706 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2667 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2013 - 3:54 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A really attractive shot, lots of Aaaaah as LynnJoyce mentions.


Just a few suggestions.


Off centre placement work for this as the kitten is looking to the left, to add more space there.

The white fur is burned out with no detail recoverable on the right front leg, so close a little fur over it at a low opacity.

The eyes can be brightened, and there are dull catch-lights there if you zoom in that can be brought out by touching up with a 1 pixel white brush

A little sharpening on the kitten helps, - the rope is sharp enough.

Finally a slight warming of the white balance.

All in the mod.


Hope this is helpful,


Regards


Willie

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7327 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom878 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2013 - 6:24 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Sweet and funny, and full of character. Well done for getting an original pet shot.
I agree about a bit more space on the left. The other change that I would make here would be to crop some canvas off top and bottom - portrait format seems so obvious for a vertical subject, but this would look better balanced to my eye with the kitten perched a little higher in a square crop. The fact that it's looking down conveys the height, and also makes the space above redundant.
I'd also get rid of that little bit or turquoise under the chin, because it clashes with the blue. And a bity of dodging and burning on the eyes. I'll do a quick Mod.
Looking at your settings - you've achieved a good image quality at 1600 ISO but there was no need to go that high. A kitten can move fast but there's no need for 1/4000 second - if it was moving that fast you wouldn't catch it in the frame at this distance! For a moving subject I much prefer to use Shutter priority and keep an eye on the aperture that it is giving me, rather than vice versa, and 1/500 second would have been quite adequate - which would have allowed you the improved image quality of a lower ISO.
Moira

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psbailey31
8 Jun 2013 - 10:28 PM

Hi,

Thank you all for your comments and modifications, they both look great Smile

I thought the white in the wall would affect the picture when I was taking it, but I couldn't resist the shot anyway..

I'll definitely take on board your comments about ISO and shutter speed for future shots

Thanks again

Paul

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2013 - 7:28 AM

Nice shot, but agree with comments. Ideally, crop even tighter aND THE FACE NEEDS TO BE PIN SHARP. a PITY IT WAS NOT LOOKING AT THE CAMERA AS THOSE EYES WOULD HAVE BEEN THE FINISHING TOUCH.

Sorry about caps, caught caps lock key.

pAUL

Last Modified By paulbroad at 9 Jun 2013 - 7:29 AM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9706 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2667 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2013 - 2:40 PM

Just to explain the crop psbailey31, as I didnt do so in the original comment, the reason space is added to the left when removed from the right is to maintain a printable A4 aspect ratio, which also maintains the same post height as the original shot.



regards


Willie

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psbailey31
9 Jun 2013 - 6:41 PM

Hey Willie

Thank you. I do like the way the subject is more to the side on your mod.

Thank you for your help and suggestions

Paul

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